May 16, 2022

For over a week now, our country has been tossed asunder once again by the abortion issue because Justice Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health was leaked and published in Politico. We knew the day was coming when the Supreme Court would issue its decision, but the leak has hastened the debate, as well as being a surprise attack on the integrity of the Court and the sanctity of our nation’s constitutional rule of law. We still don’t know whether riots, protests, and doxing conservative justices can alter the Court’s tentative decision.

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We have been subjected to yet another unsolicited primer in the abortion debate from both sides. However, much has been left unsaid or deftly side-stepped. That’s because too much of the abortion question addresses the end of a baby’s life, not the beginning. Addressing those topics is critical to having a fully informed position.

According to the most recent data reported to the CDC, over 629,000 abortions took place in 2019. Over 63 million babies have been aborted in the last 50 years.

Obviously, the first step to ending abortion is to prevent unwanted pregnancies, which requires accepting personal responsibility. The most effective preventative is abstinence. One cannot argue that abstinence is not 100% effective; it works every time it is employed.

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If not abstinence, there are condoms for men and birth control pills, implants, or other devices for women. The bottom line here is that the best way to deal with an unwanted pregnancy is to not get pregnant, precluding the need for an abortion.

If a woman does not want to get pregnant, or if a man does not want his hookup, lover, or girlfriend to get pregnant, then that person can choose not to have sex in the first place or choose adequate preventative measures.

The pro-choice argument ignores prevention and kicks in only when prevention fails. It then relies solely on abortion as the only viable alternative. The argument goes this way: Society must accept whatever flows from an individual exercising his/her freedom, sexual intercourse must be allowed to occur between consenting adults and, if conception and an unwanted pregnancy result, it is a societal problem and not one of personal responsibility. Those pro-choice voices demand that their birth control, abortion, or pregnancy and delivery must come free of charge because, while it’s their choice and their pregnancy, it’s still our responsibility.

Image: Fetus statue from pxfuel.

The abortion industry has wrought needless carnage on America. As noted, above, in 2019, there were over 629,000 abortions. It is estimated there are between 1 million and 2 million couples in the United States who are waiting to adopt.

The pro-choice movement vociferously denounces adoption. The movement would rather an unborn child’s death than entertain the idea that a woman can choose not to terminate a pregnancy, choose life over an abortion, and choose to put the baby up for adoption.

It’s as stupefying as it is duplicitous. The “pro-choice” movement only wants a woman to make the choice that suits the movement.